A motorcyclist died in an early morning crash on Labor Day. The collision occurred on Loop 11 at the intersection with FM 367. Daniel Underwood, 45 years old, was heading south on Loop 11 when a Chevrolet Avalanche turned into the northbound lane from FM 367. Unable to maneuver around the large truck, Underwood’s motorcycle struck the Avalanche. Underwood was immediately rushed to United Regional Hospital, where he died of his injuries. The driver of the Avalanche was treated for injuries on the scene and released. Investigations left the southbound lane of Loop 11 closed until around 3:00 a.m.
Motorcyclists are at an Increased Risk for Injuries and Death
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 87 percent of motorcycle crashes injure or kill the rider. In addition, national statistics report that motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured in a crash than other drivers. Additionally, they are 25 times more likely to die in a crash. They also report that other drivers are often at fault for collisions.
Unfortunately, motorcycles don’t provide the same safety benefits as larger automobiles. The riders are much more vulnerable. Even with protective gear, a rider can still be severely injured, maimed or killed in a collision with a passenger car or truck. There aren’t any airbags on a motorcycle. Riders don’t have safety belts and steel cages to protect them. If a motorcycle rider is struck by a car, he or she is most likely going to suffer from an injury.
Look Twice For Motorcycles